Compton, California (July 26, 2017) – Greg Adler and Team 4 Wheel Parts joined off-road racing’s elite for the long anticipated arrival of short course off-road racing to Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri this past weekend. As Forrest Lucas and Lucas Oil Products unveiled the addition of the newly ordained crown jewel of off-road racing to their signature facility deep in the heart of the American Midwest, Adler and his team prepared for a weekend of unknowns on the 1.3-mile long purpose-built course. As they acclimated themselves to their surroundings, flanked by forests, hay farms and ranches, they took in the palatable enthusiasm of competition for this inaugural event.
“We made the drive up from Springfield and turned down a long country road, then all of the sudden you pull into this amazing facility that Lucas has constructed here,” said Adler. “It’s a remarkable, sprawling complex and with the dirt track and drag boat racing lake alongside the huge off-road track, it makes quite an impression. The commitment and resources that Forrest Lucas, Lucas Oil Products and the Series have dedicated to bring their vision of off-road racing to Wheatland is truly impressive.”
Shortly after unloading the 900-HP Pro4 from the Team 4 Wheel Parts semi, Crew Chief, Mike Seat, Car Chief, Dylan Cochran and the entire crew worked to make adjustments necessary to take on a course that showcased impressive throughout the circuit combined into the nine-turn track.
Adler’s strong qualifying time, and sailing his #10 200 feet through the air in the process, gave testament that he had arrived in Missouri with his eye on the podium.
As the green flag dropped marking a new era for the sport, Adler benefitted from his aggressive driving style as he immediately worked himself towards the front of the field and by the third corner found himself in third position.
He maintained his spot until after pushing wide into a corner, he returned to the racing line only to get shuffled back in the pack. Resolute to return to the leaders, he accelerated his pursuit when in front of him, two other trucks became intertwined, leaving him nowhere to turn to avoid contact. The contact resulted in a punctured tire, forcing him to pull off the track for a replacement. Although his pit crew was able to quickly return him to competition, he was unable to join the leaders and drove home to a seventh place finish.
“We had a great start,” said Adler. “We were on the move and had the pace but one mistake and you’re having to fight your way through the pack. Unfortunately, then you end up in traffic and can get caught up in someone else’s battles, which, is what happened to us today.”
While Sunday’s main event allowed an opportunity for redemption, Adler again fell victim to attrition that sidelined him early in the race. “We ended up taking hard contact that resulted in heavy suspension damage,” he said. “On a course this big, fast and technical, there was no chance for us to continue on. It’s disappointing because we came here to compete for a podium but this just wasn’t our day. We had a great time here though. The stands were packed and the fans here in Wheatland were extremely enthusiastic and made us feel incredibly welcomed. The series continues to grow and it’s a privilege to be a part of it.”
Team 4 Wheel Parts now sets its sights on Rounds 9&10 at Wild West Motorsports Park in Reno, Nevada. Future events also include Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, CA. before the season finale and Lucas Oil Challenge Cup in Chandler, Arizona